Quebec writer Stéphane Larue has won the Amazon First Novel Award for The Dishwasher.
The Dishwasher, which was originally published in French in 2016, was translated by Pablo Strauss.
The $60,000 prize, established in 1976, honours the best first novel in English published the previous year by a citizen or resident of Canada.
Larue had the least glamorous job at a restaurant — a dishwasher. But it gave him an inside look at the hard-living characters working in frenetic, stress-filled kitchens. He turned those experiences into The Dishwasher, which takes the reader into the demi-monde of restaurant kitchens.